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In this article, we will understand about the OIDAR service and place of supply for OIDAR in detail.
Both the following conditions must be satisfied to be a OIDAR service. If one is not satisfied, the service is not OIDAR.
Examples of OIDAR services:
It has also been clarified that using the internet to communicate or facilitate service does not always mean that a business is providing OIDAR services.
|Location of Supplier of service||Location of recipient of service||Taxability||Forward Charge/ Reverse Charge||Examples|
|India||India||Yes||Forward Charge||Hotstar (registered in India) allows Indian users to register and watch movies. GST is payable by the Indian users|
|Outside India||India Recipient: Registered||Yes||Reverse Charge (GST payable by the recipient)||An Indian Co.(registered) asks BlueHost (US) for web hosting services. GST is payable by the Indian Co. under RCM.|
|Recipient: Non-Taxable Person||Yes||Forward Charge (GST payable by the service provider)||A student in India registers in Netflix (US) for watching movies. Netflix has to pay IGST.|
|India||Outside India||No (Export of service)||NA||Hotstar allows foreigners to register and watch movies. GST is not applicable as it is an export of service|
|Outside India||Outside India||No (Not covered under GST)||NA||Netflix (US) provides online movie streaming services to people in US. This is not covered in Indian GST.|
In respect of import of online information and database access or retrieval services (OIDAR) by unregistered, non-taxable recipients, the supplier located outside India will be responsible for payment of taxes. The service provider (or intermediary as the case may be) will be required to take a single registration for paying IGST under the Simplified Registration Scheme to be notified by the Government. Either he will have to take registration or he will have to appoint a person in India to pay GST. Read here for registration process of OIDAR
The person receiving any such services i.e. OIDAR should pay the IGST to the government only if he is registered under GST as a taxable person.
The peculiarity of OIDAR service is that it can be provided online from a remote location outside India.
This gives the overseas suppliers of such services an unfair tax advantage if their services are left out of the tax net. Again, as the service provider is located overseas and might not have a presence in India, the compliance becomes difficult. So, the government has a simplified scheme of registration for such service providers located outside India.
|Supply||Receiver||Place of supply|
|Supply of online information and database access or retrieval services||Any person||Location of the recipient of services|
For this service, the recipient will be deemed to be located in the taxable territory (i.e., in India) if any two of the following conditions are satisfied-
The government can notify any service or circumstances in which the place of supply shall be the place of effective use and enjoyment of a service. This will be done in order
|Supply||Service provider||Receiver||Who is liable to pay IGST?|
|Supply of online information and database access or retrieval services||Any person located in a non-taxable territory||Non-taxable online recipient||Supplier of services located in a non-taxable territory|
This situation is quite common in India. For example, a student in India registers in Netflix (US) for watching movies. Netflix becomes liable to register in India and pay IGST.
If an intermediary located in outside India, arranges or facilitates the supply of OIDAR services, from the service provider to the non-taxable online recipient. then the intermediary will be deemed to be the recipient of such services. But if the intermediary satisfies the following conditions then it will not be considered as a recipient–
(a) The invoice issued by the intermediary clearly identifies the service and its supplier in non-taxable territory
(b) The intermediary neither collects or processes payment in any manner nor is responsible for the payment between the non-taxable online recipient and the supplier of such services
(c) The intermediary does not authorise delivery
(d) The general terms and conditions of the supply are set by the service provider and not by the intermediary
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